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Writing a User Guide

A manual for people to 'shortcut' and understand your personality, quirks and values. We each have our own opinions, perspectives, and approaches to how we solve problems and that shape us as individuals.

I was criticized for being different. I stopped trying to fit in and did things my way, even if it's not what the rest is doing. I'm not perfect and make mistakes. We each have our own opinions, perspectives, and approaches to how we solve problems and that shape us as individuals.

Rick Pastoor has a newsletter (werk slim) in which he mentioned the concept of a user guide: a manual you write about your personality and the ways you communicate. Simultaneously I saw a tweet by Alexander Klopping where he posted a link to his own user guide. That pushed me to write my own.

I'm not sure about putting this out there. It feels like 'exposing' a lot of personal information but it's also the best and fastest way to get to know me. It was quite uncomfortable to write this but writing this was also relieving. If you understand yourself you will know how to react in future situations.

Without further ado, here is mine:

Personality

Life

Personality Patterns

People

Ocean Model

Time

Learning

Communication


This document is a living breathing thing and likely incomplete. I also published this user guide under /guides/user-guide which will be the place this guide receives further updates.


Inspiration from Rick Pastoor, Jay Desai & Alexander Klopping user guides. Personality and quirks are based on The Big Five Personality Test, MBTI® Basics, Grip and Full Time You.

Thanks,
Danny de Vries